A Dinner Favorite

One of the meals that we can't get enough of and that we never have leftovers for is Beer-Braised Beef.  This comes from Cooking Light magazine, though I don't know from when exactly, and is the easiest and tastiest dish.  Ironically, neither my husband or I really drink much, so we only keep beer and wine in the house to cook with.  I actually still feel silly buying beer at the store for this recipe (and chili- I put it in that, too), like I'm 18 and trying to get away with it or something.

Beer-Braised Beef

2 pounds boneless chuck roast, trimmed, cut into 3-inch cubes (already cut and packaged stewing meat works fine)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
3 cuts vertically sliced onion (about 1 large)
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
1 12-ounce can Guinness Stout (I use different dark or red beers, depending on what's available)

Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper.  Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Coat pan with cooking spray.  Add beef; cook 5 minutes or until browned.  Remove from pan.  Add 1 teaspoon oil and onion to pan.  Reduce heat and cook 12 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally.  Return beef to pan.  Add broth and beer; bring to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and 30 minutes or until tender.  Remove beef from pan; shred with two forks.  Return beef to pan; stir.

It's almost too easy.  The recipe suggests serving it over toasted Italian bread, which we tried, and then moved on to mashed potatoes, which is the most awesome combination (and I love bread).  I don't bother removing the beef from the pan to shred it- I just try not to scrape the pan when I do it.  Much easier.  Enjoy!


  1. Yumm! I'll have to convince my hubby that he'll like it because it has beer in it. Lol. He never tries anything new...just like our daughter! Grr!

  2. Looks delicious - my kind of comfort food:)

  3. I love everything we have ever tried out of Cooking Light... and we have issues saved back to the 90's!

  4. beer + beef = yummy. it looks so good!


  5. I think my hubby will love this. yum, I don't normally eat beef but this sounds yummy. hmmm, maybe i will try it out this Saturday. Thanks!


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